Institute Design

The overall design of the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute is grounded in theories of leadership, adult learning, and social psychology. These theories are translated into practice through a uniquely-designed curriculum that heavily relies upon experiential learning exercises as a means of reinforcing didactic learning and building leadership self-efficacy. Additionally, the Institute strategically utilizes a blending of reflection and introspection—along with a variety of other approaches that include case studies, role-playing, and collaborative problem-solving exercises.

A Typical Day at the Institute
6:15 AM
Morning Salutation: Morning Coffee/Run/Walk (Optional)
7:00 AM  
Breakfast, Mentoring and Reflection
8:00 AM 
Morning Initiative
8:45 AM
Morning Session: Framing Your Challenges and Understanding Your Opportunities
12:30 PM
Lunch, Mentoring and Reflection
1:30 PM
Experiential Learning Exercise: Systems Thinking and Perspective
4:15 PM
Personal Reflection for Professional Development
6:15 PM
Dinner, Mentoring and Reflection
7:15 PM   
Evening Session: Leading Change: What Does It Look Like and How Do We Get There?
9:00 PM
The Leaders Lounge: Reception (Optional)

Each Institute is led by a team of eight mentors who are nationally recognized leaders in STEM higher education, and responsible for guiding the content and delivery of the Institute.